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Woodbury, Charles

Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, an industrial city about the miles north of Boston, Charles Woodbury remains among the most influential artists to work in Qgunquit, Maine and in Boston. He taught more that 4, 00 students including students in Wellesley College, had more than 100 solo exhibitions and wrote three widely read art education books. He remains a strong influence on art education. Woodbury was from a comfortable, well-established family. He sold his first oil painting when he was 15 and at age 17 in 1884, was the youngest person ever elected to the Boston Art Club. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and credited Ross Turner, his watercolor instructor, as launching his painting career. His formal art training began in 1890 when he, a newly married man, enrolled in the Academie Julian in Paris and stayed for a year. Retuning to the Boston area, he became a prominent plein-air painter and living until 1940, embraced Impressionism.

Title: Ocean View near Perkins Cove, Oqunquit Maine
Medium: class sketch 1911, oil on canvas, signed lower right, dated 1911 inscr. lower right, original frame 20¼" x 27¼"